Another week, another Tuesday: time for sweets!! I must say that Tuesday has become my favourite day of the week since I joined TWD. This week we all baked Kugelhopf (pages 61-63 of Baking: From my Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan). This recipe was picked by Yolanda of The All-Purpose Girl and can be found here.
I started off deciding I would make miniature bundtcakes: I couldn't find a Kugelhopf-pan here Then I used 1/6 cup of raisins and 1/6 cup of cranberries and let them sit in 1/3 cup of cinnamon liquor over night. I also used some cinnamon-sugar I had leftover instead of the regular sugar.
Since I don't own a stand-mixer (still at the top of my wish-list, but I don't Santa will be that generous this year) I had to mix this with my hand-held mixer..... Unfortunately there was no way the dough wanted to climb up the hook...,. After 20 minutes my mixer started to get really warm and I called it quits.
I added the raisins and cranberries to half of the dough and 1/3 cup of mini chocolate chips to the other half. The first rising didn't take long: about 75 minutes instead of the 90 minutes indicated. After deflating the dough I popped them into the fridge overnight.
The second rise only needed about two hours. Then I baked them for 10 minutes, covered them loosely with foil and baked for another ten minutes. They even continued rising while baking.... I must have done something right!!
My kitchen smells delicious: cinnamon is divine to bake with, but so is chocolate!! Yum... Now for the taste of the miniature Kugelhopf..... The chocolate one was a bit dry to my taste and could have used a bit more flavour/sweetnes, but it was still delicious. The raisin/cranberry Kugelhopf was amazing: nice and moist and a hint of cinnamon.
However I don't know if I'll be making Kugelhopf again: I found the whole process to be quite time-consuming! Be sure to check out what the other TWD-ers cooked up this week!!